SET (General) -

SET (General) (SET (General) - 2013)

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How to Prepare for SET (General) 2013


Communication Ability in English, Aptitude and Reasoning, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude

General Awareness-

Current affairs


         World Records

         Top officials of big companies

         Famous awards and Prizes

         Books and Authors

         Punch line of companies


         International Organization

         Important Quotations

         Social issues




         Major Corporate news






English Language- Verbal ability is an important part of every MBA exam. Here are the core topics for verbal section are:

         Reading Comprehension       

         Fill In the Blanks

         Contextual usage of words


         Different usage of same word

         Synonym & Antonyms

         Sentence completion

         Jumbled paragraphs

         Foreign language words used in English

         Sentence correction

         Spot the error


         One word substitution


 Quantitative Aptitude-

 Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc.)

         Ratios and Proportion

         Number system

         Work and time

         Time Distance & Speed

         HCF & LCM


         Profit & Loss

         In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

         Geometric Progression





        Data Interpretation      


Reasoning- Prepare the following subjects :

Family tree

Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments

Multi-dimensional arrangements

Course of Action


Visual reasoning



Numeric grid

Pie Chart

Blood Relations

Critical Reasoning


Coding & Decoding


Statement Conclusions

Column graphs

Graphs representing Area


Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in the exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in the exam. We can expect a similar pattern in the exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

While revising GENERAL AWARENESS, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of the exam get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed the exam. Some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. 

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related information.

Finally, practicing past years' question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.